Breaking: Indian youngster signs contract at Portugese club

Abneet Bharti is promises to be a very strong central defender.


The Background

Someone who is a central defender by trade, Bharti was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, making him eligible to represent the Nepalese national side too. The youngster had been playing for the youth sides of Real Valladolid and although still young and even eligible for U19, he has signed for Sintrense to get first team experience which can turn out to be extremely valuable for someone as young as him.

Abneet Bharati is being unveiled at Sintrense F
Abneet Bharati is being unveiled at SU Sintrense

Apart from having played for Valladolid, Abneet has also played for S-League clubs Geylang and Balestier Khalsa, where he spent two and a single season respectively. The youngster has also received offers from clubs like Eintracht Frankfurt, Darmstadt, 1860 Munich and Belgian outfit Anderlecht in the past, but the current FIFA transfer rules for minors disallowed him from completing a move to any of the clubs. More so, the defender has also received an offer from an ISL club in the past. 

The finer details

At his new club, Abneet will be mentored by Luis Boa Morte, who happens to be a former Arsenal player and has also played the role of a scout at the North London based club. And it was Boa Morte himself, who chose to snap Abneet up, clearly suggestive of the trust that he has placed in the defender to succeed at Sintrense. Boa Morte has also played for other English clubs like Southampton and Fulham too. He also repersented Portuguese National Team in the World Cup. 

Abneet Bharti signs professional contract at SU Sintrense.
Abneet Bharti signs professional contract at SU Sintrense.

Abneet’s move to Sintrense was completed during the last few days of the winter transfer window and the 18-year-old has expressed his delight at the move. He said: “I am very excited and eager to learn as much as I can everyday from a coach who has played at the very top level.”

His new club – Sintrense, currently play in the third division of Portuguese football, where they are second in the league table and are fighting for gaining promotion into the second division, Ledman Liga Pro. The club from Sintra, Lisbon, happens to be the childhood club of current Portuguese senior national team star Nelson Semedo, who spent five seasons there. 

Abneet is  the youngest player in the current Sintrense team.